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Oakland at the Holidays

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> UCSF Benioff Children’s

Uber chooses Oakland

> Tech forum

by Mark Sawicki

set for Dec. 8

It has been an exciting time in Oakland over the last several months. In September, Uber, the fastgrowing tech company, announced its purchase of the historic former Sears and Capwell’s building in the heart of Uptown. As Mayor Schaaf said, Uber was drawn to Oakland because of our “magic” – Mark Sawicki our distinct sense of place, our arts, cultural and vibrant entertainment scene, our diversity, creativity and community of interesting people and businesses involved in deeply creative work across economic sectors. But it’s not just Uber that wants to be part of Oakland: 20 other companies have relocated or expanded here so far this year. – continued on page 9

> Explore and enjoy Oakland during the holiday season Editor’s note: The following story was written by Mark Everton, general manager of the Waterfront Hotel and the Chamber’s Chairman of the Board. by Mark Everton

The holiday season will soon be upon us again. As the holidays approach there are wonderful opportunities to explore and enjoy Oakland. A goal this year should be to make the season memorable by experiencing Mark Everton something new. If you have not experienced some of the following opportunities, take the time to enjoy what Oakland has to offer and forever change the way you look at the holidays. Shopping • Stroll through the shops in the Old Oakland and Temescal areas and discover shops that you never knew existed. • Make it to the Jack of All Trades Market faire in Jack London Square on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 12. This is a great opportunity to finish your shopping list or fill the stockings with one-of-a-kind gifts.

Hospital breaks ground on 10-Year Master Plan


ollowing up on the Chamber’s first successful “Oaklanders Talk Tech” series in September is the second installment in the series, this time focusing on “Accelerating Tech Ecosystems,” with a particular emphasis on the role incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces are playing in Oakland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The forum will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Port Workspaces, 344 Thomas L Berkley Way, in downtown Oakland. Two panel discussions will explore how incubators and accelerators can help make entrepreneurs more innovative and their companies more attractive to investors. Confirmed speakers and panelists include the following (with more to come) – Rani Croager, co-founder, Uptima Business Bootcamp; Brian Dixon, principal, Kapor Capital; Ruben Hernandez, co-founder, Devlabs; Anca Mosoiu, founder, Tech Liminal; Wes Selke, managing director and founder, Better Ventures; and Lo Toney, partner, Google Ventures. The first Oaklanders Talk Tech event was held at the offices of Pandora, and a standing-room-only crowd of businesspeople and government and civic leaders listened to local experts in the field examine “Priorities for Oakland’s Tech Ecosystem” along with a presentation from Beacon Economics on the growth and characteristics of Oakland’s technology sector. Seating will be limited and priority registration will be given to Chamber members. The member cost is $45. To register, or for more information, please contact Shaterica Sullivan at ssullivan or call (510) 874-4800, ext. 0. ■

▲ The ground breaking UCSF Benioff Children’s featured (among other Hospital Oakland has marked dignitaries) Mayor Libby the first milestone in its Master Schaaf; Bert Lubin, MD, Plan construction and modernPresident of UCSF Benioff ization project with a groundChildren’s Hospital Oakland breaking ceremony for its (third from the right); second outpatient center. salesforce Chairman and CEO Construction of the new Marc Benioff (second from outpatient center is the first phase the right) and USCF Benioff of a 10-year expansion project that Children's Hospital Oakland includes rebuilding and Board member Lynne Benioff modernizing the hospital to meet (far right). seismic regulations and improve facilities for children, adolescents and their families. The groundbreaking took place at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 52nd Street, the future home of the new outpatient center, and included UCSF Benioff Children’s – continued on page 10

> Feel the ‘Pulse of Oakland’ at Chamber breakfast How are Oaklanders feeling about local development, public safety or the city’s priorities? Who’s a frontrunner for Council elections in 2016? Is Oakland going in the right direction? Don’t miss the opportunity to “be in the know” regarding key issues for the 2016 elections. The Chamber’s annual “Pulse of Oakland” breakfast, which explains the results of a Chamber poll that tracks Oakland voter attitudes about public safety, economic development, education and quality of life issues, will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square on Friday, Nov. 6. Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m., with the breakfast and program starting at 8 a.m. Individual tickets cost $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Thank you to Chamber members and sponsors Colliers International, East Bay Municipal Utility District, and Waste Management of Alameda County. For last-minute tickets contact Shaterica Sullivan at the Chamber, ■

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